18.09.11

Julien Madonald Spring 2012

Normally I’m too jet-lagged after New York to enjoy London Fashion Week, but Julien Macdonald’s Spring 2012 powerful bold collection erased the sleep from my eyes yesterday morning.

The first part of the presentation showcased military inspired pieces with square top military hats, boyish blazers, waistcoats and waistcoat dresses which were layered with crisp white shirts, dresses, fitted pants and nude leather quilted jackets.

A lot of these pieces were backless to provide a sexy edge.

Chinese prints and colourful knits followed before a succession of glamorous looks.

The cocktails dresses and gowns shimmered with beaded details and swayed with metallic tassels.

High octane gowns followed. Sheer gowns with the winged feathered embroidered details which are very Givenchy-esqe followed a bright canary yellow haltered gown and a silver metallic backless halter.

Key accessories included Porsche Design sunglasses, Breitling watches, platform heels and silver metal belts which toughed up most looks and played to the military theme.

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Martin Cullen for L’Oreal Paris created the wet-look tightly pinned hairstyles sported by the models with black, red or white paint. Miranda Jones and her L’Oreal Paris team applied that beautiful bold ruby red lip colour.

Front Row: Rosario Dawson, Alesha Dixon, Bianca Jagger, Eliza Doolittle and Lorraine Kelly (yes that Lorraine Kelly from GMTV).

Favourites: Chinese print halter dress with handkerchief hemline and leather quilted jacket with sweater and black skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rihanna, Jade Parfitt, Pixie Geldof, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle Macpherson, Olivia Wilde, Keira Knigthley, Heidi Klum, Shingai Shoniwa, Jessica Alba, Minka Kelly and Beyonce Knowles

Credit: Style.com & Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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13 Responses to Julien Madonald Spring 2012

  1. DivaDebbi (blog) September 18, 2011 at 14:41 #

    Glad you rallied FC…this collection looks amazing! Thanks for putting him back o my radar.

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2011 at 14:49 #

      He is a genius. I love his work.

  2. Mahima September 18, 2011 at 17:06 #

    I love all the gowns, so gorgeous. Looks 8, 21, 25
    are my favourite. I can’t even imagine how tired you are.

  3. robbie September 18, 2011 at 17:20 #

    it is nice seeing him do a collection that isnt filled with tacky beaded dresses which he seems to do alot. he can make very classy pieces when he puts his mind to it.

  4. Vidhya September 18, 2011 at 18:29 #

    oh my god.. the last gown is pure magic.. i hope some one with loads and loads of attitude wears it.. so dark, yet so light cos of the sheer skirt.. amazing..

  5. Paddy M September 18, 2011 at 20:03 #

    A very beautiful collection for sure, but some of the thievery from Givenchy is a little shameful.

    • The.Shoe.Freak September 18, 2011 at 21:14 #

      I agree wiith Paddy M ….I usually love Julien but this collection is a rip-off of Givenchy and Balenciaga. I was so surprised when i saw the collection. why would you go there when Givenchy clearly showed this look in haute couture. Boggles my mind.

      • Martin September 19, 2011 at 05:50 #

        Whoa. Those sheer gowns aren’t merely influenced by Givenchy, they look like almost identical rip-offs. Fine, take the concept of transparency and embroidery but at least adapt it so that it doesn’t appear to be the work of another designer who, frankly, does it better than you.

        • Vera September 21, 2011 at 13:09 #

          …better and more expensive)

          But, of course, Givenchy is worth it’s money. Whereas with JM there are doubts.

  6. Seth September 19, 2011 at 08:03 #

    The styling with ankle booties and cats is very reminiscent of the tone of Victoria Beckham’s show, don’t you think?

    Its an incredible show, i also loved how strong and confident Victoria’s show was.

  7. The.Shoe.Freak September 19, 2011 at 14:39 #

    Totally agree with you Martin. A bit of a shame really.

  8. GRACE September 20, 2011 at 11:38 #

    it seems bright orange/red lips with a clean face is becoming a hot make-up look for this season, doesn’t it?

  9. Vera September 21, 2011 at 13:07 #

    Mix of Balenciaga and Givenchy.

    Is it just me, or it is a LONDON fashion Week? Young and not ordinary talants?

    Disappointed.

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